Center for Urban Health

Upcoming Conference

Please join us on April 1 for New Dimensions in Urban Health Research and Action. This conference, hosted by the Center for Urban Health at IUPUI, will feature presentations and posters highlighting cutting-edge research and action on urban issues spanning the health sciences, social sciences, environmental health, and community wellness.

The event is free, and we acknowledge sponsorship from the IUPUI School of Science, IUPUI School of Liberal Arts, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at IUPUI. This conference will be held at the Indianapolis Central Library, and is being coordinated with the CHEP—Community Advisory Council’s Annual Meeting and Conference, which will be held just prior to the Urban Health Conference, for those interested in attending both.

The conference is being held during Public Health Week to highlight the necessity for researchers, practitioners, and the community to work together to meet current and future challenges to human health in cities.

We look forward to hearing about your great efforts--and please note that we highly encourage presentations by students and community member partners.

CUH Executive Committee
Gabriel Filippelli
Daniel Johnson
Sarah Wiehe
Dennis Watson

Announcement can be downloaded here.

Enhancing Community Wellness Through Research

The central theme of the Center for Urban Health is Environment, Community, and Health. The goal is to enhance the health of cities by focusing on communities and the environment.

Fruit and Vegetables A number of critical human health issues are unique to cities. These include environmental legacies like contamination and exposure to harmful pollutants, urban community disparities stemming from both social and physical factors, inadequate access to quality health care due to safety and transportation realities, poor alignment of community resources and social structure to promote healthy lifestyles, and future threats including climate change impacts in cities.

Promoting Health The Center for Urban Health will promote discovery by building research collaborations among Center Investigators, providing seed funds for new research areas, funding graduate fellowships, and sponsoring educational activities such as public lectures and a Visiting Scholars Program.


Digging in the Dirt to Make Soil Safe
The Center for Urban Health was recently cited for our safe soil and gardening project.

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Soil Samples Reveal Urban Mercury Footprints
Indianapolis, St. Louis, Detroit, Buffalo, Richmond and Providence -- cities scattered across the eastern half of the United States -- have something in common, all have coal-fired power plants. A new study from the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is among the first to investigate mercury deposits in industrialized city soil near this type of facility. The study, which appears in the July 2011 issue of the journal Water, Air & Soil Pollution, reports that measurable amounts of the mercury emitted by coal-fired power plants is deposited in local soil and subsequently enters regional watersheds, contaminating fish and making them unsafe for human consumption.

"Mercury from coal-fired power plants has been found in the ice at the North and the South Poles, so the fact that these noxious emissions are swept far away to other areas or even continents, with global environmental impact, is well known. What had not been previously shown is the impact of the mercury on the environments in cities, suburbs and rural areas near specific coal-burning power plants," said senior author Gabriel M. Filippelli, Ph.D., professor of Earth Sciences at the School of Science at IUPUI and Director of the Center for Urban Health. Coal-fired power plants produce electricity at a relatively low cost. This is false economy, according to Filippelli, because these cost figures do not factor in the impact of these plants on human health.

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